Glasgow University will stay at Crichton Campus
Good news for prospective students in the South of Scotland as the Scottish Executive announced that additional funds will be granted to allow Glasgow University to maintain its presence at Crichton Campus in Dumfries. The decision by Scottish Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop came after months of campaigning by students, staff, alumni and members of the Dumfries community, with the backing of the SRC. £ 1.5 million will be allocated in order for Glasgow University to resume undergraduate student intake at Crichton from 2008/9.
University Unveils Plans for Gender Equality
The University has recently released its new Gender Equality Scheme and Action Plan for 2007-10. This is set to eliminate harassment and promote equal opportunities for all students and is the result of consultation between different bodies, including fundamental input by the SRC. If you wish to read and offer your own thoughts on this new document, please click here. There’s time until Aug. 31st.
Tuition Fees to be Scrapped for Asylum Students
As a result of a campaign carried out by asylum seekers rights organisations and student bodies, including Glasgow University’s SRC, the Scottish Executive has announced that children of asylum seekers will not have to pay tuition fees to go to university in Scotland, provided that they have spent at least three year at school in the country. The SRC had asked in its 2007 Scottish Elections Manifesto to consider asylum seekers’ children as home students. The government’s announcement comes as a huge relief for asylum seekers and refugees’ families, who had so far been asked to pay tuition fees for overseas students.
Unfair Letting Agents “Slapped” by the SRC
Letting agents and landlords about which the SRC’s advice centre received the highest number of complaints from students in 2006/7 were awarded the “SLAPs” (SRC Letting Agents Prizes) just a couple of months ago. These included: Grant Management, Unite, Kohli Properties, McMillan & Co. and Alexander Properties. If you don’t feel comfortable dealing with your new lease on your own, ask for the free, impartial and confidential help of the Advice Centre.
Following a recent attack against a young woman in the West End of Glasgow, the SRC wishes to advise students to be conscious when out at night and possibly not to walk alone in any circumstances.
For more information about personal safety consult Strathclyde Police website.
Transparency in Accommodation for Students
Student accommodation firm Unite recently acknowledged the SRC’s call for more transparency in the way charges and complaints are handled. In a meeting with the SRC, Unite agreed to regularly update students staying at their residences in Glasgow on how their complaints are being taken forward and to clarify charges for internet provision. Unite will also distribute SRC’s information material in their residences.
TV Licence Refund for Students Away for Summer
Students who are not staying in Glasgow during the summer and have paid for a 12 months TV licence can apply for a partial refund. To find out if you are eligible and arrange your refund call TV Licensing on 0870 242417.
For more info about TV Licensing click here
Students Safety – Meeting at the SRC
In the lead up to Freshers’ Week 2007, the SRC has taken a further step to ensure students safety both across and out of campus. The Crime Awareness Panel for Educational Establishments (CAPEE) gathered in the Williams Room (John McIntyre Building) on Thursday 12th July for its first meeting for session 2007/8. Student representational bodies, Strathclyde Police and Higher Education Institutions are all represented in CAPEE. Issues discussed included a draft of the student safety plan for 2007/8 and special arrangements for Freshers’ Week 2007.
Save Crichton Campus Walk
The campaign to save Glasgow University involvement at Crichton Campus in Dumfries continues despite students being on their summer break. A group of Crichton’s students, staff and graduates walked almost 100 miles from Dumfries to Glasgow arriving at the university on Tuesday 10th July. Campaigners were met by the Principal, to whom they renewed their concern over Glasgow’s intentions to pull out of the Crichton project.
If you want to read more click here
Bank Charges Campaign – Another Success Story
Another important step in the campaign aginst unfair bank charges was taken this week when the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has rejected the main defence presented by the British Bankers’ Association ahead of a key court case to be heard by the High Court in early December.
The SRC has been part of the campaign against unfair bank charges for over two years and its solicitors, Govan Law Centre, have played a major role in obtaining this further victory.
For more info on what to do if you’ve been unfairly charged by your bank, click here.